Sunday, August 4, 2019

Review - Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton

Title: Emily Eternal
Author: M.G. Wheaton
Pages: 304
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 23rd April 2019

Blurb from Goodreads: 
Meet Emily - she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind's deepest secrets and even fix your truck's air con, but unfortunately, she can't restart the Sun.
She's an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.

So, her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome. But before her solution can be tested, her lab is brutally attacked, and Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions - college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra.

As the sun's death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. But before long it becomes clear that it's not only the species at stake, but also that which makes us most human.

 My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley*

Emily is an artificial consciousness. She was designed to help humans, which is good because the human race needs all the help it can get when the sun starts dying billions of years before it's meant to.
Humankind might have a chance to survive when Emily finds hope in the human genome, but then her lab is attacked. Emily finds herself on the run with human companions.
In a race against time, Emily must try to evade the people that attacked the lab, and find a way to save the human race.
Will she succeed?

Going into Emily Eternal, I was expecting to love it - science, an apocalypse, and a race against time? Those things are right up my street! Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
From the first page I struggled to get into the plot and to connect with the characters due to the writing style.
I persevered, however, despite debating DNFing at several points. Part of me wishes that I had given up, because I didn't particularly enjoy what I read. I usually would have stopped reading this instead of finishing it, but I wanted to give it another chance to grab my attention because it had all the ingredients to be something that I should have enjoyed. I did find myself skim-reading at several points.
The idea of an artificial consciousness was interesting and I like the cover, but those are the only positives for me.
I'm really disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more.

Overall this was an okay, but disappointing read.

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